We were curious to find out about the progress of our Innovative Collaboration for Development (ICfD) alumni after the ICfD course. That’s why we invited them to voice out their stories on how the course has empowered them in their respective area of work. Since spring 2013, we’ve received various replies, so we decided to create the ICfD Voices blog to show the human dimension of this community of development professionals through storytelling. So far we’ve received stories from Argentina, Armenia, Cameroon, the Caribbean, Kenya, Papua New Guinea, Uganda, Spain, Switzerland and Togo.

We discovered that Jude implemented a communication strategy and enhanced the utility of the Social Media and Web 2.0 tools of the Youth Organization with which he works for in Cameroon; and that Moses is passionately pursuing his career as an ICT for development expert in Uganda and empowering youth. Paula, for example, has created a social platform for Argentinians living abroad. Roderick is the host of the Eat Caribbean radio programme and has applied the skills from the ICfD course to revamp his programme’s social media channels. We also learned that Jane created a blog on livestock to share with the world the work of her team of the International Livestock Research Institute.

There are more current and expected stories like these, yet each one diverse and special within their context. All, nevertheless, have two things in common: 1) They were motivated and empowered by the skills that the ICfD course further developed in them; and 2) they all contribute to the development of their respective areas of work by using the potential of social media and web 2.0 tools.

Since 2010, through 12 training sessions of the ICfD course, we have helped empower about 435 participants from all over the world in acquiring and sharing knowledge on social media and web 2.0 tools and making innovative use of these tools to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their work.